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Salon Media Group is looking to sell The Well, an online social community founded in 1985. [View all]

Salon Media Group is looking to sell The Well, an online social community founded in 1985. Before friend requests and Twitter hashtags, there was The Well, an online social community founded in 1985 that predated even the Web.

That pioneering website may soon fade into cyberspace as its owner, Salon Media Group, seeks to sell not only the property but also the domain name. The Well, or Whole Earth Electronic Link, was first started by "Whole Earth Catalog" editor Stewart Brand and former Google.org director Larry Brilliant as a pay-for dial-up bulletin board system in 1985.

Salon purchased the system 14 years later after it became an online subscription-based forum. But the Internet publishing company announced this summer that it wants to sever its ties with the website. It said that it had decided to “narrow the company focus” and laid off the website’s entire staff.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/salon-sell-internet-online-communities-article-1.1150614#ixzz25RmY6DvX

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